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suspect's trip back home in 2012. tracking that for us, in some really heated testimony today, cnn's jim acosta. jim? lay out the information for us. what's being said? what is the controversy? >> reporter: well, chris, you're absolutely right, lawmakers on capitol hill are trying to get to the bottom of what was known about the older suspect who is now dead, tamerlan tsarnaev, and this trip ta hat he took to rusa last year. law makes want to know why is it that tamerlan tsarnaev was able to make this trip in the first place. should he have been stopped before he went overseas? when overseas what did he do? what was he up to when he was over there? some of this is stemming from some of the conflicting stories, quite frankly, chris, from federal officials over tamerlan tsarnaev's status. senator lindsey graham, republican from south carolina, told reporters yesterday that tamerlan was on a no-fly list, that he was on some sort of terror watch list a federal law enforcement official has told cnn that is not the case. and senator charles grassley, graham's republican colleague in the senate
analyst jim walsh joins me here in a very chilly boston at this hour. gentlemen, we've been talking about this, you know, off and on this evening about the fbi. whether they dropped the ball. and a lot of monday morning quarterbacking going on. lou, to you in new york. it's too soon to tell, but there was certainly -- the fbi will certainly have to answer some questions after the older brother took a trip to russia and no one really followed up on that, lou. >> yes, i agree with you, don. i think there are some questions that need to be answered in the proper forum. i do think director muller and administrators of the fbi that had knowledge of the heads up they received from the russian government, sfb, their intelligence group, they'll have to explain exactly what transpired here and answer as to why they did or didn't do things. >> jim, it is bloelieved, everye has said they believe the brothers acted alone. is it too soon to tell? considering as much firepower they had and how some people thought they planned this out. >> yes. >> could there be someone else out there? >> i'm glad you a
. >>> joining me is jim maxwell, cnn contributor and former cia operative bob bair. i spoke to you earlier. we have what the fbi would seem to be a significant development in terms of a new picture. what do you make of that? >> i can tell you this is a classic example throughout my career, every investigation, every successful investigation, is hinged on the cooperation of the public. good citizens out there, willing to raise their hands, step forward, make a statement, testify in court, provide information. and this is a classic example of that. this photo now gives us direction. we know which direction at least one of the bombers started to head as the bomb went off. hopefully, other video and photo will ultimately extend where he was headed or maybe who he hooked up with at the end. >> bob, let me bring you in here. clearly, things happening at quite a pace now. this new image gives us a much clearer picture of one of the suspect's faces. there's also this strange situation of some shoes on the floor. we have no idea if it's any connection to him at all. of course, it could be. strikings me
analyst mr. jim walsh. he joins me here in boston. >> cold boston. >> everyone is asking me, is it that cold in boston? it is. >> you're clearly not a native new englander. you picked a bad spot. >> we're in a wind tunnel. i'll ask you since we are here talking. did the fbi drop the ball in interviewing the older tsarnaev brother? >> i mean at a very simple level, based just on the outcome you would have to say yes. he interviewed him and he went on to commit an act. but i don't think we have the full answer here yet. what was the process that they followed? the fbi interviews a ton of folks every year. only a fraction of which are actually dangerous. they interview me when i go to aroon and north korea and come back. but obviously either they -- he fell through the cracks or at the time that they were interviewing him they weren't giving him anything actionable to continue his case. >> but, lou, he did visit russia, stayed there for six months. you feel the fbi dropped the ball? >> i'm not going to rush to judgment on this. i think we're going to have hearings where directo
of the two suspects who stayed to watch the carnage before casually walking away. joining me is jim maxwell, retired fbi agent and also bob baer, bill gavin and cnn national security analyst, fran townsend. we'll bring back assistant director of the fbi, chris swecker. let me start with you, jim maxwell, since you're here. you're a retired special agent who specialized in the bomb area. this is the kind of bomb that we're talking about, a pressure cooker. fairly crude device but in this case, extremely effectively executed. what do you make of the development today with the two suspects given that it clearly shows a team? >> yes. this type of device basically, based on what i've seen so far, would be used to deliver low explosives, something that moves 3300 feet per second, less than that amount. and this device is popular for low explosives, the common vessel would be a pipe bomb. well, in this particular case, they decided to use this kind of vessel and what it does is it allows low explosives to build up pressure inside the vessel and then it will increase the potency of the explosion by
:30 eastern, we're going to talk to cnn international security analyst jim walsh about what tsarnaev is apparently communicating to investigators to his hospital bed. meanwhile there's a lot of other news going on. let's go back to new york for that. >>> there is. developing story, an alleged plot to attack a train between canada and the united states. police also say the planned attack was real but that the public was never in danger. they last r also say the suspects had support from al queda in iran. ted rolawlands is live with us. >> good morning. the latest these two suspects will be appearing in i a toronto court later this morning. the 30-year-old was brought here from montreal. he will join the 35-year-old working out of toronto according to canadian authorities. authorities say they had these two under surveillance for a number of months and made the arrest yesterday. they did not say why they made the arrest at that time but they did, as you mentioned, make a point to tell the public that these two were never close, pulling off what they were trying to pull off. however, th
. >> chris? >> thank you very much. i'm here talking with steven and jim. you're there, you were there to help the elite athletes, thinking you're going to deal with cramps and dehydration. what happened, steven? >> the first thing we heard was the explosion, then we felt the concussion in the room. then several of us went running towards the front door. then we heard the second explosion, and then two or three of us kept going. and then the group kept going back, waiting for the casualties. so half of us went forward to the wounded and half stayed back. >> jim, what do you see when you get to the casualties? >> lots of smoke and confusion, lots of blood. lots of injured patients. for me, it was just a flashback to iraq. carrying that first explosion, i knew it was an ied. usually they come in twos, sometimes threes. sometimes they wait for people to come out and they set off the third one or the second one. there were two. they stopped the third one, thankfully. and we had to make room in the medical tent from the athletes, the marathoners, to move forward to make room for the i
turning to the subject of domestic terror, it poses a challenge for my administration. security expert jim walsh will join me next to talk about the obama team's handling of the bombings. are you still sleeping? just wanted to check and make sure that we were on schedule. the first technology of its kind... mom and dad, i have great news. is now providing answers families need. siemens. answers. turn to senokot-s tablets. senokot-s has a natural vegetable laxative ingredient plus the comfort of a stool softener for gentle, overnight relief of occasional constipation. go to senokot-s.com for savings. >>> welcome back to cnn's continuing coverage in boston. the suspect's uncle is speaking out. he told cnn more about tamerlan and dzhokhar tsarnaev. yesterday he called them losers, but today he's taking a different tone. let's take a listen. >> i'm relieved that he's alive. first of all for that there's now a chance to find out who was behind it. who were their mentors of all of it. and how possibly could he get involved and do this harm to innocent people. and second of all, i stress that the
torrential rains hit the area. a swollen river is forcing evacuations and road closures in some areas. jim spellman is live in peoria, illino illinois. it looks bad where you are. that water seems pretty high. >> about 14 feet above where it normally is right now, fredricka. this is the illinois river. it goes right through the heart of peoria, illinois. this building, the historic river station trying to keep dry. they're pumping out rooms in there. you can see people here are doing everything they can to try to prepare for another two feet or so of water. here in downtown peoria along the waterfront, they have erected this sort of handmade levy. sand bags over walls. they predict the water is going to get to just about here. if their predictions are right, they're hoping most of the businesses here are going to be okay. if their predictions are off, if any more rain comes or is higher than they predict, it will be trouble for the businesses. we were up in neighboring peoria heights, illinois. several businesses under water there. with 2 more feet to go in that part of illinois, there's g
wants a review by the intelligence committee. jim acosta joins us now from capitol hill. jim, what did she say exactly? >> well, anderson, senator feinstein, who is the chair of the senate intelligence committee, she did not say that the fbi dropped the ball. she didn't want to go that far, but she does want a review of what the fbi knows about all this and to get at what tamerlan tsarnaev was up to when he went back to russia back in 2012. he apparently made a trip there. and this was after he was apparently interviewed by the fbi back in 2011. the fbi said in a statement friday night that it had been asked to investigate tamerlan's ties to potential terror groups, to potential militant groups and that during that inquiry the fbi interviewed tamerlan. and so senator feinstein and some other senators here on capitol hill want to know how is it that tamerlan tsarnaev was able to travel to russia last year for six months and how did he get back into the country given all of that information? and so senator feinstein says there will be a hearing on this perhaps as early as tomorrow to get
declared disaster areas in more than 40 counties. cnn's jim spellman is in illinois where the river has been overflowing since sunday and residents they are they're preparing for even more water. >> the last thing they want to hear about here is another inch of rain coming. i'm not sure it will really make a huge difference. but take a look. two blocks in from the water and it's inundated here a foot up at the edge. three or four feet there at the worst. we haven't seen widespread reports of this kind of damage, but here in spring bay, it's having a huge impact. take a look. last minute prep in spring bay, illinois, as floodwaters inundate this riverside community. where is your home? >> my home is that gray and white mobile home with the black shutters on it. >> you can't get to your home by foot now? >> no. >> have you ever seen this much water come up here? >> no. >> scary? >> yep. >> the home, along with about 40 others in this trailer community, began to flood sunday and the water has continued to rise. >> yesterday i cried all day. >> reporter: and today? >> today i'm not crying y
tsavraev, at the request of the russian government. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta joins us from washington now with what's going on. a lot of frustration, a lot of what ifs, could if this boston magnificent y massacre been prevented? those are the questions that will be brought forward today. >> that's right, wolf. it will be playing out on capitol hill. the senate intelligence committee has set a hearing for 2:30 this afternoon with fbi officials, they will be the lead briefers at this hearing. i'm told from a source of that committee. lawmakers want to find out if federal investigators somehow failed to see big red flags coming from tamerlan tsavraev. as lawmakers are praising authorities for the quick work in the boston bombing case, members of congress are still calling for hearings, into the fbi's handling of dead suspect tamerlan tsavraev, who traveled back to a dangerous region of russia, just last year. >> what did he do, when he went back for six months? sit in his aunt and uncle's home for six months or doing something else? and when he came back to this countr
with these two, seems to be it happened here. >> i want to bring in jim walsh now. he's a professor at m.i.t. you know, your office, jim, is right next to where this went down last night as we were watching building 32 at that time, we had absolutely no idea -- no one had any idea that this would be linked to the two brothers of the boston marathon bombing. >>> what is it like on campus right now? it must have been a real shock. >> well, certainly, to put this into some context, i went to bed last night having learned from m.i.t. that a person who works where i work, was slain, and then i woke up this morning, one street over from watertown, massachusetts, the middle class suburb next to cambridge, across the river from boston, to the sound of helicopters and sirens and instructions to keep our doors locked. i have since traveled -- i'm not on campus now, i'm at a studio here in watertown, which is ground zero for the police outside. there are more than a dozen satellite trucks. as i was pulling up, they stopped my car. i let them do their business. they were going house-by-house, checking the sm
three deaths. cnn's jim spellman is in peoria, illinois. >> good morning, christine. you can see the waters coming up here. this is not too unusual here but it's got about another two feet to go. so far these sandbag levees are holding. they hope that remains the case. from north dakota to indiana, to mississippi. flad watches and warning throughout the middle of the country as rain water from torrential spring storms barrels down rivers and streams. >> so far it's held. >> reporter: in peoria heights, katie eaten hopes these sandbags and this pump will protect her home from the rising illinois river. what's it like to know your home's at risk? >> it's scary. i've had family lose house to floods, so i mean i know what to expect. but it's -- it's scary. >> reporter: at the end of the block, neighbors gail and jerry knew their home would be the first to flood. they spent the last few days removing all their possessions knowing they would likely never move back into their home of 13 years. you were prepared, but what is it like to actually watch your home go under water? >> it's dev
writing. he has been questioned since yesterday. cnn international security analyst jim walsh is joining us with more on what's going on. one of the key questions, the weapons that they have, the weapons that eventually killed an m.i.t. police officer, seriously injured another local law enforcement officer. do we have any idea where they got those weapons? >> not yet. and i think that question also extends to the explosives, as well. but this is an investigation pursuing lots of lines of inquiry both foreign and domestic. i would have to guess, though, that rather than risk acquiring weapons and explosives from abroad, it's much more likely they were acquired domestically. >> these two guys apparently didn't have much money, but enough to buy explosives, pressure cookers, a rifle, long rifle according to the watertown police chief i spoke with. other weapons, as well. >> i'm sure they're already well into the suspect's computer files and financial records. we're getting a mixed picture because on the one hand, they seem to have had a modest style of living. on the other hand, there is t
. and joining me is security analyst jim walsh, should credit be given to social media for identifying the men so quickly? >> well, yes, we document things all of the time and it is going to be bigger and not smaller going forward. and today, what were some of the sources for the new information about the suspects? it was youtube and twitter and other postings so it is here to stay. >> and people are taking pictures at the finish line and that is what they are doing, and look, i ran the marathon and my cousin or buddy and then posting them everywhere. how do the authorities go about piecing the images together? >> well, first of all, they are looking for a time sequence and looking for moment of explosion to the corralled moment there and preceding time and it is temporal, and this is a proceeding that believe it or not technology and techniques and training that have been developed in the department of defense and elsewhere we have 24-hour surveillance from a drone or other data source capturing modes. all of it is moving lightning speed, but it is the future, and the future is now and we wil
petition for citizenship was denied. this is a mixed martial arts jim njim -- yim gym. he was regarded as one if not the best boxer here. he disappeared for some time and reappeared a few weeks ago and acting as if he owned the place. he was asked to leave because he was being disrespectful to other people working out at the gym and law enforcement took the surveillance equipment from this gym in part of their investigation. one fellow boxer told us tsarnaev struck a figure in the gym calling him a premiere athlete. trainer eddie bishop travelled with tsarnaev to a national competition. you said he was eccentric. >> he had cowboy boots on and leather pants and a special hat. >> bishop says tsarnaev was strong but not tenacious. >> he had a really big punch. he knocked a lot of people out but, you know, he lacked that fight. >> reporter: what do you mean? >> he couldn't get you out of there quick. >>> meanwhile, authorities in canada say they foiled a planned terror attack. on monday two men were arrested and charged with receiving reports from al qaeda networks to bomb a canadian railw
it was an ied. there was no question in my mind. >> jim, an iraq war veteran and a registered nurse, was volunteering in the race's medical tent. >> i was convinced there was going to be another because what they used to do overseas sometimes is one would go off and then they would wait a little while. people would go to the aid of whoever was injured and they would set off a second one just to maximize their damage. >> just 12 seconds later, another explosion. >> we've had an attack. >> it was a deep feeling that almost just penetrated you to the core. >> dr. natalie stavas was running the race with her father. >> i could immediately sense that something was terribly wrong and chaos broke out almost immediately. they tried to stop us and they were actually trying to barricade the rest of us back. i leapt over the barricade. police officers were yelling at me, stop, you must stop. and i kept going. finally, a police officer actually grabbed my arm and he said, ma'am, ma'am, you must stop. and i said, i'm a pediatric physician. i'm a pediatric physician. you have to let me go. you ha
in meteorologist chad myers and jim spellman. this flooding, widespread there. >> reporter: it's amazing how intense the rain was and how quickly some of these neighbors flooded. you mention almost seven inches of rain in 24 hours, they get three inches of rain on average in the month of april in the chicago area. too much for the ground to take. i'm on the edge of it, a foot from the deepest part. much worse inside the homes. i got a chance to go inside this home, there's a refrigerator and freezer bobbing, three or feet of water, but they could get another inch of rain here later today and into the evening. with the ground this saturated, that could be more flooding for these low-lying areas like elm hurst, john? >> more water they simply don't need, thanks, jim. >> chad myers, people there want to know when this is going to stop. tell us. >> it's been a tremendous amount of rain. i haven't seen training like this in a long time, but it does end tonight, brooke, to answer your question. it's like a train. think about a train on a train track, one car goes directly over where the other car
and expert jim walsh. good to have you here. >> good to be with you. >> first of all, have you ever seen anything like this in a major metropolitan city in america? >> first of all, i've never seen anything like it at all. and in particular how it is touching various parts of my life. yesterday i taught my class at m.i.t. from 1:00 to 3:00, you know, hung out at my office, made my way home, only to see on the news that two blocks from my office a person who workeds for the same place i do, m.i.t., had been assassinated. i woke up this morning, to the sound of helicopters. i live -- i live on the watertown border. i woke up, my phone is ringing off the hook, i drive to watertown. blocks from where a reporter is, that's where my studio is. and streets are blocked off. the streets are empty. there were national guard, tactical police, state police, lots of media satellite trucks, i go into the studio like i always do and lock the door, right, because we're all on lockdown now. and then began to talk to your colleagues and then i received a phone call from my daughter. and my daughter who gr
're also learning a lot more about this 19-year-old suspect who is still at large. cnn's jim acosta has been keeping track of what his relatives, other acquaintances are saying, as well as some of the things that we're learning about this 19-year-old, who apparently, what he said about himself on social media. jim, tell our viewers what you're learning. >> wolf, the profile that's emerging of this suspect, a young man who is sort of a mystery. he's described by his classmates, even some relatives as a friendly student athlete, but one relative, and even the suspect's activities on social media suggest he may have become more radical leading up to the bombing. the manhunt may be for someone who is just 19 years old, but authorities warn the boston bombing suspect who is still on the run, believed to be wearing the white baseball cap in the surveillance video released by the fbi, who looks even more boyish in this updated photo, should be considered armed and dangerous. relatives who haven't been in touch with him can only guess about his motives since he moved to the u.s. over a decade a
this morning with more rain sadly in the forecast. i feel terrible saying that. cnn's jim spellman is in one of those towns. he's in peoria, illinois. jim, people there are looking at water levels, i understand, that haven't been this high in more than 60 years. >> since the 1940s since the illinois river here in peoria came up this high. but it's not just peoria. rivers across the midwest are flooding. from north dakota to indiana to mississippi, flood watches and warnings throughout the middle of the country, as rainwater from torrential spring storms barrels down rivers and streams. >> so far it's held. >> reporter: in peoria heights, katie eaten hopes these sandbags and this pump will protect her home from the risele illinois river. what's it like to know your home's at risk? >> it's scary. i've had family lose house to floods, so i mean i know what to expect. but it's -- it's scary. >> reporter: at the end of the block, neighbors gail and jerry knew their home would be the first to flood. they spent the last few days removing all their possessions knowing they would likely never move ba
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to go to jim acosta who has breaking news having to do with the social media presence of at least one of the suspects. are you there? what have you learned? >> reporter: well, jake, as you know our staff has been going through the tweets that have been sent out from what appears to be the twitter account for dzhokhar tsarnaev. let's just put up this tweet onscreen if we have it. this is what was posted on this account back on august 10th of 2012, quote, boston marathon isn't a good place to smoke tho. that's the end of the quote. there you can see the twitter account on screen. we don't know much more about that. the broader context of this conversation is not known. but as we've been reporting all day there have been a number of tweets from this account that have raised some interest. one that was posted just in the hours after the bombing in boston on monday that said something along the lines of ain't no love in the heart of the city. stay safe, people. then two days later, i'm a stress free kind of guy. so obviously the social media behavior and activity of this suspect is becomin
's jim acosta just recently spoke to vice president joe biden. let's briefly check in with him. jim, what did the vice president say? >> we caught up with vice president joe biden as he was heading into an event to honor former congressional staffer gabe zimmerman, the staffer gunned down in the shooting that also wounded former congressman gabrielle giffords in tucson. that event is going on now. the vice president is speaking right now. as he was heading into that event, we threw a quick question at mr. biden about the events up in boston, what, if anything, he knows about the investigation. and he acknowledged that the government at this point doesn't have any hard information as he called it in this case. here is what he had to say. >> mr. vice president, any comment on what is happening in boston right now? >> we're going to get to the bottom of this. we don't have any hard information yet, but i can assure you we will find out who did it and bring them to justice. >> no sense as to whether this is domestic or foreign-based. >> not yet. >> and you can hear there as the vice president
. >> now the man you saw standing next to steve, his name is jim. he actually was a trauma nurse in iraq for 18 months. and he said all of those skills that he learned in iraq he used yesterday in boston. john? >> they treated scores of people. they saved, no doubt, scores of people. but they also, elizabeth, watched people die. >> they did. they did watch people die. and so steve who we just heard from, he told me the story one of the first patients he worked on was a young woman. he remembers her, blonde hair, blue eyes, maybe about 20 years old. sh came in and, you know, her leg was broken. her abdomen was open due to the explosion. she wasn't breathing. they gave her cpr. they tried over and over again. they just didn't have a pulse. he said when they were treating her after she passed away, they looked around for some kind of identification in her pockets but he said as far as he knew they just didn't know -- still couldn't figure out who she was. >> so sad. as we said, there are a number of people still in the hospital this morning. 17 in critical condition, 20 in serious condition
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